A poem from the July-August issue of SO

15 Aug

They’re Your Children

Poem by Luis Olivencia Baldassari

(translation into English by Doroteo Arango)


[Note: “The presidents from the whole world condemned the November 13, 2015, attacks in Paris. My reflection is about all those presidents, along with all the owners of global capital, who create, nurture, educate and feed the terrorists. This is where the inspiration from the poem comes from.” — L. Olivencia B.]

You have nursed them with the milk of your violence.
Violence from your television programs
Daily domestic violence instilled in your homes
Violence built in your colleges.

You have nursed them with the milk of your religions.
Religions that compete against each other
To annihilate the other
Religions based on hatred toward one another
Religions based on suffering.

You have nursed them with the milk pouring from the weapons that you sell.
That are given to you for the defense of your properties
Weapons to hurt the ones on the bottom of the heap
Weapons to secure your regime of exploitation.

You have nursed them with the milk of racial segregation.
To scorn the Black one
To scorn the Indian one
To scorn the Mixed-race one
To scorn the Asian one.

You have nursed them with the milk of misery.
Showing them day after day everything that can be obtained with the money
that they will never have
Showing them day after day your “brands” and luxuries
Exhibiting them with vainglory in front of the hapless majority.

You have nursed them with the milk of your patriotism.
To divide up our worldwide unity
To confront each other in defense of the Motherland
Mother and that is the domain of your mafioso businesses.

You have nursed them with the milk of daily frustration.
As they are transported daily like animals
As they see their children die of hunger because “there is not enough” or
Due to the lack of medicines as they have to go to overcrowded and depleted hospitals.

You have nursed them with the milk that flows from alcohol.
Alcohol that denigrates young and old
Alcohol from which you generate your millionaire lives
Alcohol with which you assassinate millions of human beings.

You have nursed them with the milk of your ideologies.
Building a right, center and left
That serve the same purpose “disguised as competition”
Building states and institutions
That each time fewer and fewer citizens believe in.

You have nursed them with the milk that flows from your in…justice.
That you use to imprison the petty delinquents
While the big delinquents go about freely
While they extort with impunity.

You have nursed them with the milk that flows from drugs.
Amassing fortunes with them
Killing millions with them
Making them legal and illegal
Though both equally destructive.

You have nursed them with the milk that flows from the corruption.
Corruption that floods and corrodes all social structure
Corruption which like beer drips from the top.

You have incubated, raised, deformed and used them.
They are your product and you don’t recognize them as your legitimate children.
Terrorists! You call them.

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